Anyway, I guess this just leaves me wondering, what can I do for my horse... and this is why I turn to this forum.. Would it be at all reasonable to feed 24/7 high quality hay with the only "hard feed" being alfalfa pellets (as a "filler"), some type of seaweed (in a form horses would actually eat obviously), and some kind of joint supplement that did NOT contain inflammatories to the hard keeping senior horse that is still in work.. but this seems like a big leap. Thoughts? Would this be enough calorically to maintain his weight (his teeth are good)?
Haha, I am curious if my other post had anything to do with sparking this
That is pretty much how we feed our horses. They live in the desert and have no grazing, aside from some trees and shrubs, but they only have access to those when I let them loose out of their 15x30ft stalls to clean them.
We build custom wooden slow feeders with Nibble Net tops. The horses cannot harm or tear the nibble net, but are still able to get at their food. They tore everything else we used. When they do manage to get the net detached from the wood frame (we haven't perfected that part of it yet), they overeat a bit, but not too bad. The bad thing is that they like to pull it all out and throw it everywhere! Horses LOVE to waste hay, so the boxes help with that more than anything else.
So they get free choice bermuda in the slow feeders, 1/2 flake alfalfa for protein, 1/4 cup soaked whole oats.
Shan is the one who had arthritic problems last year. As you know, I put her on 1tbsp of butter per day and the problem went away within a week and has not been back since. She gets this mixed in with the oats and her ration balancer which is also a joint supplement, along with Animed Immuaid for her summer allergies.
Soon we will be out of the ration balancers, and if all goes well not going back to them. I will be starting both horses on carob, and they have free access to mineral and salt blocks.
They will also be given Source, which is a seaweed supplement for horses, once my mom is out of her current hoof supplement.
I was not aware that seaweed is anti-inflammatory, so thanks for that! I should have known though. Seaweed is such an amazing food. Too bad it tastes like death.